Earnest Studio was founded by American-born, Netherlands-based designer Rachel Griffin. Its work reflects research of traditional and industrial production methods while exploring themes of materiality and modularity.
These themes are applied to a spectrum of work–ranging from theory to serial productions–and share a common fascination: simple structures that allow for flexibility and multiplicity, with a forthright attitude toward material.
Griffin holds a BA in graphic design from Washington University in St. Louis and a BD from the department Man & Living at the Design Academy Eindhoven.
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New work on view at Colony, as a part of the exhibition “Lightness: The Full Spectrum” during the 2017 edition of NYCXDESIGN, May 18–24, 2017
Earnest Studio presents new and recent works at the SaloneSatellite during the Milan Fuori Salone. Please pay us a visit at Pavilion 22–24, Stand A17, from April 4–9, 2017.
We are happy to announce the launch of our “Bureau” desk and “Mala” bench for Schoenbuch, on view at IMM Cologne from January 16–22.
We are honoured to be selected for the 2016 American Design Hot List. Many thanks to Sight Unseen and Herman Miller!
New lighting and accessories on view at “The Collections Two at Colony” during the 2016 edition of NYCXDESIGN, May 12–17, 2016
Earnest Studio presents new and recent works at the SaloneSatellite during the Milan Fuori Salone. Please pay us a visit at Pavilion 13–15, Stand C10 from April 12–17, 2016.
Earnest Studio joins Colony as they celebrate their inaugural year. Drop by the TriBeCa showroom to see a selection of furniture, accessories and lighting.
Project “Building” presented at “Design uit het land van de aardappeleters,” on view at Het Noordbrabants Museum from January 24 to April 26, 2015.
Project “Stack” presented at “Trame,” on view at the Triennale Design Museum from September 16 to November 9, 2014.
“Open Design: A History of the Construction of a Dutch Idea,” co‑authored with Joana Meroz, is nominated for the Simon Mari Pruys prijs for design criticism.
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“Lightness: The Full Spectrum,” Colony: the Designers’ Co‑op, New York, 2017
“A Brush With Design,” WantedDesign, New York, 2017
SaloneSatellite, Milan, 2017
“Dutch Invertuals Collected,” Eindhoven, 2016
“The Collections Two at Colony,” Colony: the Designers’ Co‑op, New York, 2016
SaloneSatellite, Milan, 2016
“The Collections at Colony,” Colony: the Designers’ Co‑op, New York, 2015
“Design uit het land van de aardappeleters,” Het Noordbrabants Museum, ’s‑Hertogenbosch, 2015
“Domestic Affairs,” Kunsthaus Rhenania, Cologne, 2015
“Dee Dee Wee Doom Pa Di Dee,” Sectie C, Eindhoven, 2014
“TRAME,” Triennale Design Museum, Milan, 2014
DMY Design Festival, Berlin, 2014
Launch Pad, WantedDesign, New York, 2014
Sight Unseen Offsite, New York, 2014
“010–020,” Prometeo Gallery, Milan, 2014
[D3] Design Talents, IMM Cologne, Cologne, 2014
“010–020,” Eindhoven, 2013
ELLE Inside Design, “CitizenM is GROOS op Rotterdamse Design,” Amsterdam, 2013
“Shaping Matter,” Kortrijk, 2013
“In‑House Objects,” Baerck, Berlin, 2013
“Nomadismi,” Altai Gallery, Milan, 2013
“010–020,” Prometeo Gallery, Milan, 2013
“Dutch Invertuals: Transform,” Milan, 2013
Galerie Christian Ouwens, Rotterdam, 2013
[D3] Design Talents, IMM Cologne, Cologne, 2013
“New Generation,” YKSI, Eindhoven, 2013
“Made in Brainport,” Taiwan Design Museum, Taipei, 2012
“A Spatial Surprise,” Mint, London, 2012
“BIO23 Biennial of Design,” Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana, 2012
“Craft & Scenography: Personal Content,” Depot Basel, Basel, 2012
“The Front Room, Color and Geometry,” Ca’ Laghetto, Milan, 2012
“Young Talent 2011, Green Today” RAI Elicium, Amsterdam, 2011
“Mass: 10 Designers on Methods, Material and Manufacturing,” Het Pomphuis, Eindhoven, 2011 Co‑curator, exhibition designer and participant; content development for MASS Breakfast Debates in cooperation with Premsela.
“Copy Nature #2: Elementary Sentiments,” Onomatopee, Eindhoven, 2011
Graduation Galleries, Design Academy Eindhoven, Eindhoven, 2011
“Crazy Design: de wereld van hergebruik,” Gorcums Museum, Gorinchem, 2011
“Appropriate Material,” Schellens Fabriek, Eindhoven, 2010
“Creating the Future,” Woonbeurs, Amsterdam, 2009
“Repair Manifesto,” Platform21, Amsterdam, 2009
To date, projects and interviews have appeared in various publications including, Abitare, Annabelle, Arcademi, Azure, Blend, Bright TV, Casamica, Casa Living, Chlorosphere, DAMn°, Designboom, Design Indaba, Dezeen, Domusweb, Elle Decoration France, Elle Decor Italia, Elle Decoration NL, Eigen Huis & Interieur, Fast Company, Frame, FranklinTill, iGNANT, It’s Nice That, L’Officiel, LS:N Global, Mocoloco, Protein, Ravelin, Refinery29, Suddeutsche Zeitung, The New York Times, The New York Times T Magazine, Thisispaper, TL Magazine, Viewpoint:, Viva, Wallpaper*, and Yatzer. Profiles and interviews have been published in Blend, Connecting the Dots, Dossier Journal and Ravelin.
Books include “Think Dutch” from Frame Publishers, “Nanotecture: Tiny Built Things” from Phaidon Press, “Copy Nature #2: Elementary Sentiments,” and the Design and Design “Book of the Year, Volume One.”
2016 American Design Hot List, Honoree
German Design Award 2017, Nominee
German Design Award 2016, Nominee
Creative Industries Fund NL, Grant Programme for Internationalization, 2015
AD Architectural Digest & MONOQI Design Award, Theme: Arts & Crafts, Finalist, 2014
Creative Industries Fund NL, Grant Programme for Internationalization (Group), 2014
Simon Mari Pruys prijs voor designkritiek, Finalist, 2014
[D3] Design Talents Competition, Finalist, 2014
[D3] Design Talents Competition, Finalist, 2013
The Green Design Competition, Shortlist, 2012
Nuffic, Huygens Scholarship Programme, 2008–2010
American Institute of Graphic Arts (New York), 50 Books / 50 Covers, 2007
Society for Environmental Graphic Design, (Group) Merit Award, 2005
American Institute of Graphic Arts (St. Louis), Judges Award, 2002